Thursday, Jan 12

Triton Talent presents “Mel Schwartz Sleeps with Mae West” a madcap musical-comedy of errors by and directed by Ginger Reiter (playwright/composer of the Jackie Mason musical) at Empire Stage (1140 N. Flagler dr. Ft Laud)  It stars: Peter Librach, Sheba Mason, Cherrill Rae, Jerry Weinberg, & David r. Gordon.  8 performances only: Jan 12 – Jan 22, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 when using code, save) at: melsleepswithmaewest.com or call 845-598-2850.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents a cabaret-style evening of short movements and dialogue with The Amernet String Quartet at 8 p.m. In an evening hosted by Broward Center Arts Ambassador Lyn Farmer, the doors will open an hour before the concert and patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy light fare and bar service in the performance space while mingling with the musicians. The concert is Classical with A Twist, which invites music lovers to kick off their heels, loosen their ties and get ready for an up-close and casual experience with classical. Tickets are $ 25 online at BrowardCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954-462-0222; in person at Ticketmaster outlets or the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.

Friday, Jan 13

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present the return of Pink Martini, the beloved Oregon-based “little orchestra” led by founder and artistic director Thomas Lauderdale together with lead vocalist China Forbes. Pink Martini’s diverse 12-piece orchestra will perform arrangements from their new album Je dis oui! at 8 p.m. inside the acoustically superb John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Tickets are $35, $55, $75, $95 and $115 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org

Two days before the fantastic Gay 8 festival, the producers present the “Pa’Lante Awards” at 7pm at Cubaocho (1465 SW 8th St). They invite you to celebrate 4 lifetime achievements: Cecilia Gutierrez-Abety, Denise Brown, Desmond Child and Steve Adkins. Admission to the awards ceremony, which is the main benefit to raise money to put on the Gay 8 Festival is $100, which also includes all access and Drinks on Friday and Sunday.

W South Beach in partnership with Chateau D’esclans presents Live Music Sessions featuring Anna Palmerola from 7-10pm. The event will also feature a complimentary Rose’ upon arrival and a lit bites menu. RSVP at: Wsouthbeach@inhouseideas.com

Saturday, Jan 14

The SMART Ride 2016 check party is from 1pm – 3pm, at The International Swimming Hall of Fame!  The seven benefiting agencies of SMART Ride 2016 will receive checks and don’t forget 100% of every dollar raised will be distributed, as well as fund their 10% Lifeline that continues to give money out throughout the year where the needs arise for assistance in the HIV/AIDS arena.  Passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks provided.

ArtsUnited, a south Florida-based LGBT artist organization presents its annual juried show, “ArtExplosion“, representing an array of work in all media. It is one of the largest LGBT art shows in the United States, and is ArtsUnited’s largest fundraiser of the year. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. at ArtServe. The reception will include an erotic art and film show, surprise performances, a raffle, food and drink. MC for the evening is Akrylika Magenta, and music will be provided by DJ Frankie Fox. A $10 donation at the door helps support ArtsUnited’s programs. $1,000 in awards will be presented. The exhibit runs through Jan. 27th

Bigger Saturdays at Score presents Arena, Pre-Party featuring DJ/Producer Isaac Escalante.

 Ramrod presents their monthly ”Underground Invasion” party (2nd Saturday of every month) starring DJ John Bata.

Sunday, Jan 15

The second annual Gay8 Festival takes place today on Calle Ocho from 14-17th avenues from 11am to 10pm. This is a free event and last year was amazing! For more info go to Gay8Festival.com

Cabaret du Jour presents “With A Song in My Heart” starring Glenda Grainger with musical direction by Gary Lawrence. The event takes place at the Tennis Club (600 Tennis Club Drive, Fort Lauderdale). Doors open at 2pm with showtime at 3pm. Tickets are $20  ($15 for residents) plus a two drink minimum. A selection of appetizers will be available. For reservation & ticket information, call Ken Harrison 954-547-2819 or by email at Kenh7748@yahoo.com

Village Pub presents Electra’s “Viva La Diva,” it’s a sure Bette also featuring Elvis at 9:30pm.

Hot Stuff

Adams Interiors is featuring a coupon in their ad which is a “THANK YOU” to all their Hotspots customers. Cut out the coupon and get $200 to be used on any purchase over $1,000 by January 31.

Noche Latina Florida presents the 14th annual Miss and Mr. Noche Latina Pageant (an official Preliminary to Miss Florida F.I.) on Wed Jan 25th at Bailo Nightclub. For more info, call 954-478-4587.

This is HOT

Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny’s close-knit family.

Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings and his family’s ability to come to terms with the past.  AKRON is a sensitive and unique independent film that puts a progressive, Midwestern spin on a classic family drama.

The run time is 88 mins and will be released on February 7th by WolfeVideo.com for only $19.95  Akron is not rated and is directed by Sasha King, and  Brian O’Donnell and stars: Matthew Frias, Edmund Donovan, Joseph Melendez, Andréa Burns, and Amy da Luz

For more information, see akronthefilm.com.